Paleo Crock Pot Chili

What’s better than chili on a cool fall day? Don’t ask me. I live in Arizona so it won’t really cool off here until after Halloween…

But for most everyone else in the country, fall is right about now.

So I decided to make a nice, hearty ground beef chili. This can be challenging for those of us paleo converts who loved our beans with traditional chili.

I figured a chili with no beans better have some other great things going for it.

So this paleo chili recipe has LOADS of extra veggies. It’s awesome. Add tomatoes and spice, garnish with crumpled bacon and avocado, and you’re ready to settle in for some hearty, home-cooked comfort food. :)

No beans in this ground beef paleo chili, but lots of veggies! Slow cook in crockpot for about 6 hours. Top with crumbled bacon and diced avocado. Serve hot!

Best thing is I simmered it in the crockpot. it was a matter of browning the meat and dumping in the rest of the ingredients, stirring it all up and turning on the pot, and this one’s on autopilot.

While it’s cooking I have more time for fun stuff – like shopping. So I spent an hour at Target. Am I the only one who does this? How does this happen? I walk in for shampoo and toothpaste and walk out an hour later minus $100. It’s crazy and just wrong. Sort of. I hate it but I have so much fun!

I got a shirt to go along with the shampoo and toothpaste. See, shiny hair, clean teeth and a top to wear! What more does a girl need? It can all be found in an hour at Target!

The rest of my loot I can’t remember. I just know I had fun and judging by the other shoppers I saw, I am not alone. Target is a Mommy refuge.

So, Im going to stop writing now. I gotta go buy a little stock in Target and eat some delicious chili.

And try on my cute top. :)

Paleo Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Paleo Crock Pot Chili Recipe


  • 2 lbs. of ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red and 1 green bell pepper, both diced
  • 1 cup of carrots, finely diced
  • 1 cup of celery, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • (1) 28-ounce can of crushed or stewed tomatoes
  • (1) 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • (1) 15-ounce can of tomato sauce
  • Spices
  • 3 tbs. of chili powder
  • 1 tbs. of oregano
  • 1 tbs. of basil
  • 2 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of cayenne
  • Garnish
  • About 4 pieces of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1 or 2 avocados, diced


  1. Saute onions and garlic together in a large saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add ground beef to the saucepan, and brown
  3. Drain excess fat
  4. Transfer the cooked onions, garlic and meat to your crockpot
  5. Add all vegetables and spices (except garnish ingredients) to the crockpot
  6. Give it all a good stir
  7. Set crockpot to low and allow to slow cook for about 6 hours
  8. Spoon into individual bowls
  9. Garnish with crumbled bacon and avocado slices
  10. Serve hot and enjoy!


  1. Chris K

    Tastes as great as it smells! I decided to do half a jalapeño and I’m glad because I’m not a huge spicy food eater. But the kick the half gave it was perfect for me. I think I’ll try it with ground turkey next time–thanks for the fantastic recipe!

    • Hi Chris! You found one of our most popular recipes, and for good reason. Just like you did, many people add or lessen the spice in the recipe. I want everyone to experiment and find what works for them! thanks for giving it a try. I’m so glad you liked it. :)

  2. Brittany

    I am so glad I found your website! I have been cutting processed foods, carbs and sugar lately and I often find myself running out of low carb dinner ideas. Thanks for sharing! I will be making this chili for dinner tonight!

    • I hope you like it Brittany. Its one of our most popular recipes because you can eat it as its, or turn up the heat if you like. I make this several times a year and eat it as is, top it over sweet potatoes, and I’ve even made a casserole with it. It makes a lot, so feel free to freeze any leftovers if you like. :)

  3. Gina

    Best chili ever!! I’m on a low-sodium diet, so I eliminated the salt. I also eliminated the bacon & avocado and used 1/2 lb grass fed ground beef & 1/2 lb ground turkey. It’s my new favorite dish, and my husband & daughters love it, too!

  4. My crossfit gym is having a Paleo Pot Luck today so I have a pot of this brewing. I didn’t have two pounds of ground beef, but had one and a whole rabbit. Soooo, that is my edit to it. I also didn’t have cumin powder, so left it without and will give it a sample after it cooks a bit. I will have to pop by and tell you the reviews once it is over.

  5. Karen Curran

    Loved the chili, the whole family loved it!! I wanted to pin it, but I didn’t find it in the 1,000’s of recipes on your boards. Which board do you have the chili? Thanks for the great meal!!

    • Hi Karen, Thank you so much! I have it on my Paleo Newbie board, but it was way at the bottom so I pinned it again. I also added it to my best paleo recipes board. :)

  6. Cheryl Felder

    It’s June and yes I’m making this chili recipe because my daughter is getting back from a week of camp and this is her favorite recipe ever…..

    • Yay Cheryl! That makes me so happy! I have said it before and will say it again, kids are my favorite recipe reviewers. Because they don’t lie. If they don’t like it, they’ll tell you! Thanks for letting me know it’s a winner! it’s a fav of mine too :)

  7. Anonymous

    Hi Trina, this chilli looks lovely but can you help me as I’m a bit confused,

    (1) 28-ounce can of crushed or stewed tomatoes
    (1) 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
    (1) 15-ounce can of tomato sauce

    I’m from the UK and here we have
    Cans of Chopped tomatoes (incl tomato juice)
    Cans of whole Plum tomatoes (incl tomato juice)
    Cartons of Passata (finely sieved tomatoes – no bits)
    Tubes & cans of Tomato purée (very concentrated)
    Tomato sauce (Ketchup)

    The diced tomatoes are easy (that’s our chopped tomatoes)
    I’m guessing the can of tomato sauce is our Pasatta (???)
    But I’m stumped by the crushed/sieved tomatoes – could I just add extra diced?

    Thanks x

    • Yes, you could use more diced or the whole plum tomatoes in juice. Either would be fine. Thank you for educating me about the differences in the UK. I would love to learn some of recipes you enjoy there. Please share if you have some paleo favorites! :)

  8. Olga

    This chili is delicious. I’ve made it twice so far: once with ground beef and the second time with ground turkey. I preferred the ground turkey but both are good. Thanks!

    • Olga, thank you so much for your comment. I like this chili with both, and sometimes I do half and half. I’m just happy you like the recipe enough to make it twice! Yay! :)

    • Thank you Shelby! I’m so glad the both of you like it! You might want to try the meatloaf and shepherds pie. They are pretty awesome as well. Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)

  9. I’ve made it twice. It’s great, and it’s gotten rave reviews. I serve it with shredded cheese, guacamole instead of avocado (just because it’s hard to find avocado when I want chili), green Tabasco sauce, and sometimes pico de gallo.

    • Tycha Brahe, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy the recipe. Im sure your version is awesome and you deserve the rave reviews. :) thank you for your comment.

    • Hi Terry! I would say this serves 8-10 portions, depending on the bowls and how hungry everyone is. I have heard from lots of people that have served this up for parties and one person even mentioned having a party and serving it over potatoes. I hope you enjoy it! :)

  10. Marla3206

    Okay I’m from Texas so my flavor profiles expect more spice and heat. I upped all the spices and added 1/2 of a poblano pepper. Do like all the veggies in the chili; I never really thought of that.

    • Glad you tried it Marla! The beauty of it is you can add as much spice as you like. I kept it medium for the less spicy peeps. Thanks for your comment! :)

  11. Katie

    This recipe is exquisite! MY husband and I LOVED LOVED LOVED every bite! The recipe made quite a lot, too, but we had ZERO difficulty finishing to the last bite. Thank you!

    • Haha. Katie, it’s quite a lot of chili but you can always freeze some for lunch on the go or for a night when your tired and want a good meal. Thanks for your nice comment. So glad you liked it! :)

  12. Ellie

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, made it and it was to DIE for. So yesterday I decided to make it again. I look on Pinterest and the link now goes to something else! THE HORROR! 2 hours of internet investigation I found it again. I almost cried from happiness. This is delicious :)

    • Ellie! Oh, I’m so glad you found us again! You are so sweet! If you follow Paleo Newbie on Pinterest, you will never have to search for us again! I’m so happy you like the chili! :)

  13. Alban

    OMG…it came out awesome! I never follow recipes so exactly and I’m glad I did (though I took the advice of some and added extra chili powder) Thanks everyone for your input! I probably wouldn’t have followed the recipe without speaking so highly (and it wouldn’t have turned out as great as it did!)

  14. Kristen

    I’ve given this recipe and your site to several people, they all have made and love this chili too! Today is batch number three!my kids love it ( they are 7,5,5 ) and all help make it…so wonderfully healthy. We top it with wholly guacamole since avocados can be iffy this time of year. Thanks!

    • Hi Kristen, thanks for your comment! I absolutely love when the children love the recipe and moms like you get them involved. It’s a win for everyone. Good for you! So glad your family enjoys the recipe. ;)

  15. angela baiamonte

    Super good! “tricked” my kids into thinking it was the usual Frito boat….but with lots of secret veggies. Thanks!

    • Hi Angela! It makes me so happy when you can serve up a healthy meal to your kids and they love it. Thanks for sharing this recipe with your family. :) I’m glad they liked it!

  16. Jeff

    Cooking isn’t really my thing, but I’ve been trying to do the paleo thing. I went out and bought a CrockPot just to try this. Turned out good! Even my picky kid loved it.

    Substituted a lot of garlic powder instead of garlic since I didn’t want to go back to the store. Also added about 2x the chili powder. Great!

    Was just thinking.. Take away the chili powder, add a spaghetti squash, and this would be a great paleo “spaghetti” recipe.

    • Jeff, I’m glad you braved a crockpot and you enjoyed the meal! Lots of easy paleo meals are made with the trusty pot. And you’re right, it’s easily adapted to spaghetti squash and we have even served this over a baked sweet potato as well! Great comfort food! :) thanks for commenting!

  17. Bryan

    This was fantastic! Especially the next day. This made a TON of chili, and I had to add 2-3 X’s the amount of Chili powder. I also used half beef/ half ground turkey. Don’t be afraid to boost up the spices to get it to your liking. Thanks!

    • Hey Bryan! Thank you so much! I like things on the spicy side myself, but tend to keep recipes a little more neutral for the less spicy peeps. Thanks for taking the time to comment! :)

  18. Debbie

    Just browned the meat and put everything in the crockpot! Smells delicious and it looks like it will be great. One question….Is cooking it for 6hr a must? I was wondering if you have tried it by cooking it for 5hrs?

    • Debbie, if your meat is browned you probably do it in just a few hours. Just make sure the carrots and veggies are tender. I’m sure it will be great!

    • Kimberly Bianco

      I just spooned out a bowl and it rocks!!! I used turkey meat and it is ahhhmazing. I onlycooked it high for 4 hours and it is fine, but I’m sure it will taste even better tomorrow when the flavors marry.

  19. Rob

    1st paleo meal in crockpot. 1 1/2 meat. No carrots or celery. 2 jalapeño.
    It was OuTSTANDing. I couldn’t stop eating it. I did not add bacon or Avacodo but
    I think that would only make it better….next time!!

  20. Cynthia Edmondson-Whetstone

    This chili is absolutely, positively, most unequivocally the BEST chili I have EVER made and I have made quite a few in my 62 years. The carrots add just enough sweetness to counteract the acid in the tomatoes. I made a couple of batches while visiting my grandchildren and froze it before I left. They called today and said it was as good as a freshly made pot and all four gallons had been eaten up. I just left them about three weeks ago! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    • Hi Cynthia, I cannot thank you enough for your kind review of the chili recipe. It warms my heart to know you and your family enjoyed it so much! People like you make all of it worth it! Thank you again!

  21. I made this a few weeks ago and everyone loved it! I served it over baked potatoes, and then we had tons leftover for throughout the week. I just threw everything into the crock pot and let the beef brown in there to make it even simpler. Wonderful recipe, I’m making it again tomorrow to bring to a party! Thank you!!

    • Thank you Patti! What a great idea to serve over potatoes! It would be a great paleo lunch idea for the leftovers as well. I’m so glad you enjoy it! Thank you for taking the time to comment! :)

    • Thank you Katriel! After you make it, let me know what you think! It’s a great recipe by itself, but you can easily spice up/down to your taste. It’s a family favorite! Thanks for your comment!

    • Hi Amber, I’m sorry I don’t have the nutritional values for any of my recipes at this time. All, I can say about the chili, is it’s packed with veggies and goodness. :)

  22. Katie

    I plan to make this for a paleo potluck this weekend. How many servings would you estimate? I will probably need 2 batches.

    • Hi Katie…paleo potluck…what a great idea! For the chili recipe, my guess is it would fill about 10 good-sized soup bowls. Hope that helps, and have fun at the potluck!

      • Katiekat

        It is a good idea! After talking to some people at my new church we couldn’t believe how many people were at least somewhat paleo! This should be a good match :-)

    • Yay! I’m so glad you and your hubby enjoyed it! I hope you find that Paleo meals are full of flavor and are just as good as the foods you have enjoyed before going paleo. Here’s wishing your journey brings great health and just as important, great food!

  23. Lindsay

    I Just recently started eating Paleo, and i LOVE CHILI in the winter time.. I am making this for dinner tomorrow evening! I’m very excited :)

    • Lindsay, I hope you like it! It’s really good. And it you’re up for it, the paleo biscuits go really well with it. We just had it last week and it was yummy! :) let me know what you think!

  24. Instead of a crockpot we just cooked it in a large pot on the stove on low heat stirring every hour……It was delicious and will be our go to chili recipe from now on. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Wow, what a nice compliment. I’m so glad you liked it! You made a good point, cooking it on the stove over low heat for a few hours is just a good! Thank you for the tip! :)

    • Meredith, thank you so much! I always say, if the kids like it you know it’s a winner! Especially when it’s packed with veggies! Thank you for trying it and you comment. :)

  25. Sonia

    Would it be okay to throw everything in raw in the crockpot? I’m new to paleo and crockpots, but so far I hadn’t cooked anything previously prior to throwing everything in, so just curious! Thank you! Looking forward to trying it this week :)

    • Sonia, I think you could but you would have to make sure to give it an occasional stir to get all of the meat cooked. Also, there may be some added fat since you aren’t browning the meat before hand. Not really a big deal. If you get into the crock pot thing like I have, check out the Ninja crockpot. It’s expensive, but the cool thing is it acts as a stove top and a crock pot in one! If I’m making a roast or even the chili, I brown the meat in the same pot I’m cooking it in, which makes it super easy. Since I have become Paleo, I’ve learned to invest in a few appliances to make my life easier. The ninja is one of my favs. (No, I don’t get paid to tell you that, just my personal experience). I hope you like the chili! :)

      • Sonia

        Thanks, Trina! Turned out wonderfully! I added a few habanero peppers (we like our spicy) and substituted 2 lbs ground beef with 1 lb ground and 1 lb chuck roast pieces. This is definitely going to be one of our staples. Thanks for sharing!

        • Sonia! That sounds awesome. I like spicy too. I held back a little to let people adjust as they see fit. It’s a great base recipe. I think I’ll make it you’re way next time! Glad you enjoyed it!

  26. Judy

    I, too, am of Italian descent, but feel much better avoiding wheat and grains. I have a couple of Paleo cookbooks, but I will absolutely be following your site. Thanks for the recipes!

    • Thanks Judy! I hope you enjoy them! I’m new to the blogging scene but I’m having a blast meeting and talking with people like you! Thank you for the kind words! :)


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